Freshman Wolverines Get Michigan a Much Needed Win

Russ HartleyContributor IOctober 18, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines drops back to pass against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Michigan Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Michigan won 45-17.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

After losing their last two games, the Wolverines gave a beating to the Delaware State Hornets. Although this wasn't a game against a ranked team, rival, or a conference game, this was still a big win for Michigan.

Michigan started 4-0 and lost their previous two games to rival MSU and No. 11 Iowa. Michigan needed a win this weekend to get back on track. Michigan (5-2) needed some momentum this week to carry them into the next game against Penn State. The Wolverines scored 49 points in the first half, and lead 49-3 at half.

Denard Robinson looked more comfortable in the pocket and made better decisions, and the big lead didn't hurt the confidence of the Freshman. Another Freshman emerged this weekend. The Florida running back, Vincent Smith, ran for 166 yards and a touchdown. His performance was exciting, because the fans saw some future at running back position with Smith's breakout game.

Kelvin Grady, the converted wide receiver also had his first touchdown in a maize and blue jersey. Denard's passing attack looked better, especially since the wide outs were wide open all day. Robinson continued to make defenders miss on the ground, as Robinson had another successful running game. Tight End Martell Web received his first touchdown of his young career, and added to the dominance of the Wolverine offense. The offense had 727 total yards, which makes it the most ever by a Michigan offense.

The defense, who has struggled this season, looked impressive by allowing only six points and keeping pressure on the quarterback, something they have had trouble doing all season. Defensive End Brandon Graham, scored a defensive touchdown on a blocked punt by the Wolverines.

Tate Forcier started the game, but was soon taken out after his first touchdown of the game. Rich Rodriguez saw this game as an opportunity to take a look at the Freshman of the program.

No one was happier to be on the field Saturday than freshman walk-on quarterback Jack Kennedy. Kennedy took the field on the last play, scrambling six yards, and giving his father the best birthday gift he will probably ever receive, a chance to see his son on the field of "The Big House." 

Even though the Wolverines took on an easy opponent, it was nice to see the offense working non-stop, and seeing the defense step up. This game increased the confidence of this young team, and is now one win away from clinching a bowl appearance. Michigan will need to carry this momentum into next week when the take on Penn State.

Michigan 63   Delaware State 6

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